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Deadline Extended. NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century Novel

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 5:46pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kathleen Tamayo Alves

This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists' use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.

Digital Interpretation Roundtable

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 2:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
Digital Americanists Society
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The Digital Americanists Society invites proposals for a roundtable about digital interpretation of nineteenth-century American literature or culture, to be proposed for the C19 Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, April 12-15, 2012. This roundtable will take up the C19 Program Committee's call to investigate how "the field's contours have been enlarged—or foreshortened—by the investigative tools offered by digital technologies." We seek scholars using digital tools—e.g. GIS, data mining, visualization, textual analysis, and other methods—to help them understand the nineteenth century. We are particularly interested in the ways that digital tools can lead scholars toward new interpretive insights into texts and other cultural objects.

Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 1:55pm
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Dalhousie University, Department of French and Italian

The Department of French and Italian invites contributions for an interdisciplinary colloquium on "Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World" to be held at Dalhousie University (Canada, NS) on April 27/28 2012. Send a 300 word abstract and a one page CV to fantasticnarratives@gmail.com by September 30 2011. Papers will be considered for publication in a special thematic issue of the refereed journal Belphégor – Popular Literature and Media Culture (http://etc.dal.ca/belphegor/)

Fame! Exploring Reputation, Rumor, and Historical Legacy in the Middle Ages: Kalamazoo Medieval Studies Conference Panel

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 1:46pm
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Cornell Medieval Studies Student Colloquium
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Influenced by Max Weber's theories of social "enchantment" the theater historian Joseph Roach suggests that, through a process of "re-enchantment," the affects and emotions associated with saints and other religious figures get mapped onto actors and other stars of stage and screen beginning in late seventeenth century Restoration theater. And so the modern notion of celebrity was born. This conference will explore the historical backdrops and preconditions for Roach's claim, examining the ways that the reputations of saints, heretics, kings, poets, and other medieval "celebrities" were formed. We aim to concentrate particularly on the relationships between fame and the circulation of rumor, gossip, and popular opinion.

Fame! Exploring Reputation, Rumor, and Historical Legacy in the Middle Ages Friday F

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 1:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
Cornell Medieval Studies Student Colloquium
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Influenced by Max Weber's theories of social "enchantment" the theater historian Joseph Roach suggests that, through a process of "re-enchantment," the affects and emotions associated with saints and other religious figures get mapped onto actors and other stars of stage and screen beginning in late seventeenth century Restoration theater. And so the modern notion of celebrity was born. This conference will explore the historical backdrops and preconditions for Roach's claim, examining the ways that the reputations of saints, heretics, kings, poets, and other medieval "celebrities" were formed. We aim to concentrate particularly on the relationships between fame and the circulation of rumor, gossip, and popular opinion.

'D'Implacato Desio Furor Mi Strinse': Desire in Modern Italian Literature NEMLA 2012

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 12:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
Elena Borelli/ Rutgers University
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D'Implacato Desio Furor Mi Strinse': Desire in Modern Italian Literature
This session examines the representation of desire in modern and contemporary Italian literature. How does the text disclose the mechanism of desire? How do authors construct the notion of desire? What do desires reveal about the identity of the desirer and/or the social group to which he or she belongs? How is the representation of desire affected by gender? Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Elena Borelli, Rutgers University, elenabo@eden.rutgers.edu
before August 31.

UPDATE: Deadline Extended to 9/15/11

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 11:13am
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College Student Literary Magazine Conference 2011
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College Student Literary Magazine Conference
full name / name of organization:
College Student Literary Magazine Conference
contact email:
lfriedberg@ccp.edu
This student-centered conference for college magazine writers, editors, and faculty advisors invited presentations on any aspect of college literary magazines.
Preference is given to proposals featuring students as the primary presenters.
This year's conference will be held at Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL, on November 4, 2011.
Please send 250-300 word abstracts to ALL three conference coordinators:
Catherine Dent dent@susqu.edu

Exploring the Renaissance 2012

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 10:50am
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South Central Renaissance Conference
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Papers (15-20 minutes in length) are invited on any aspect of Renaissance studies (music, art history, history, literature, emblems, language, philosophy, science, theology, et al. Interdisciplinary studies are especially welcome.) Abstracts only (400-500 words; a shorter 100-word abstract for inclusion in the program) must be submitted online no later than December 15, 2011, via the SCRC website's abstract submission form @ http://scrc.us.com/.

Suggested topics might include the following:

First Call for Abstracts: International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012, deadline 1st December 2011

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 11:47pm
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Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

The 6th Biennial Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conference will highlight indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach used for indigenous development. Presentations and papers will address all aspects of the following themes central to the realisation of indigenous development:
• Optimising Indigenous Economic Wellbeing – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in Māori and indigenous communities leading to increased economic independence and self-determination.
• Healthy and Thriving Indigenous Families – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous families leading to health, successful and thriving indigenous families.

[UPDATE] Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 9:16pm
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Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, Australia

Friday 25-Saturday 26 May 2012

As a part of its annual series of international symposia and book publications on key themes in Australian literary studies, in May 2012, Australian Literature at the University of Sydney will host a symposium on the theme, 'Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?'

Keynote speakers :
Professor Wai Chee Dimock (Yale University), author of Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time (2006) and co-editor of Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature (2007).

Journal of the Future: Apathy - Call for Submissions

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 8:28pm
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Journal of the Future

Call for Articles / Submissions for Journal

Journal of the Future: Apathy
Article Deadline: August 31, 2011
Acceptances/Rejections Prepared by: September 30, 2011
Anticipated Publication Date: November 2011

Journal of the Future is now accepting articles and opinion pieces on the focus of apathy in the world today whether pertaining to personal, social, political, the future of humankind without apathy, or a combination of these areas. Articles should be closely related to this subject. The goal of this journal is to present these articles for all to access without hindrances. Journal of the Future: Apathy is a publication that is free for all to read in its electronic form.

Final Deadline (30 August 2011): 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 4:01pm
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Dr Maryam Farahani-Dr Nick Davis
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We are developing a collection of articles for a special issue journal of Studies in the Literary Imagination entitled 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'. This collection will explore the meaning and application of poetic optimism in relation to the question of social identity from 1794 to 1878.

The collection will be introduced and edited by Dr Maryam Farahani (University of Liverpool) and Dr Anna Szczepan-Wojnarska (Cardinal Wyszynski University of Warsaw & The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, Cambridge),with a foreword by Dr Nick Davis and Dr Ian Schermbrucker (University of Liverpool).

The final deadline for abstracts is 30 August 2011. More details at:

[UPDATE] Queer Places, Practices, and Lives conference (May 18-19, 2012; proposals due Aug. 12, 2011)

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 2:58pm
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Ohio State University
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QUEER PLACES, PRACTICES, AND LIVES: A SYMPOSIUM IN HONOR OF SAMUEL STEWARD

The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

MAY 18-19, 2012

Deadline for proposals: Aug. 12, 2011

Confirmed speakers
Joseph Boone, Tim Dean, Kale Fajardo, Roderick Ferguson, Brian Glavey, Scott Herring, Eithne Lubhéid, Victor Mendoza, Deborah Miranda, José Esteban Muñoz, Hoang Tan Nguyen, Juana María Rodríguez, Nayan Shah, Justin Spring, Susan Stryker, Shane Vogel

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